Big bourbon ponds catch 120,000 gallons from…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. The thousands of bourbon barrels sent toppling to the ground in the collapse of the second half of a distillery warehouse this week let loose a flood of Kentucky’s signature spirit.

Roughly 120,000 gallons were captured in two retention ponds constructed after the collapse of the first half of the Barton 1792 distillery structure, said John Mura, a spokesman for the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

The first collapse in Bardstown, Kentucky, on June 22 led to leaks that killed about 800 fish in a nearby stream and pond, leading to a citation from the Energy and Environment Cabinet and a potential fine.

Barton 1792’s parent company, New Orleans-based Sazerac company, said Wednesday that the collapse of the seven-story warehouse is under investigation. The second half of the wooden structure was “unable to be secured … due to workers’ safety concerns,” according to a news release.

July 4: Weeks after first collapse, rest of a Kentucky bourbon warehouse topples

“It is unknown at this time how many barrels can be salvaged. Officials expect it to be weeks before the root cause is determined,” Sazerac spokeswoman Amy Preske wrote.

Mura said Friday morning that officials are sampling water every four hours to determine possible effects of the second collapse. At this point, he said, “we have no indications that there’s anything going in the water.”

Sazerac noted in its news release that the distillery team was prepared and had equipment at the ready to address any further problems from either the debris or the structure that remained standing. They saidWednesday that no runoff from the second collapse entered waterways.

The collapsed barrel aging warehouse called a rickhouse or rackhouse in the industry isone of 29on the distillerys 196 acres, which also features 22 other buildings, including a stillhouse. Barrels are stored in “ricks,” or racks that stack barrels three high and are stored on their sides, according to whiskyadvocate.com.

The distillery employed 392 full-time employees in 2017, according to a Kentucky incentives database.

June 24: Hundreds of fish killed in leak from bourbon warehouse collapse

While nobody was injured in either collapse, the first incidentspooked some nearby residents. Stephanie Elliott lives just five yards away from a massive warehouse holding thousands of bourbon barrels, said collapse of Barton warehouse “makes it scary living here.”

Kentucky distilleries are aging a total of 6.8 million bourbon barrels, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Barton 1792 Distillery, established in 1879, is the oldest fully-operating distillery in Bardstown,according to its website. Sazerac also owns the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

June 22: Thousands of bourbon barrels spill from collapsed warehouse in Kentucky

The remaining barrel warehouses at Barton 1792 Distillery and two other Sazerac-owned distilleries in Kentucky have been inspected and deemed safe, the company wrote in the Wednesday news release.

The typical bourbon barrel is53U.S. gallons in size, which is the de facto standard whisky barrel size worldwide. Some distillers transfer their whisky into different barrels to “finish” or add qualities to the final product.

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